If you've been seeking information on legal separation in Florida, you may be confused by contradictory information. To be absolutely clear, legal separation is not possible under Florida law. Therefore, if you and your spouse are living separately and you want legal protection, your options are limited. At the Law Offices of K. Dean Kantaras, P.A., we have the legal knowledge and experience to provide reliable advice.
In states where it exists, legal separation is not for couples that want to "take a break" and "figure things out" before getting back together. It is a permanent designation for people who want to dissolve their marriage, but for whom divorce is either unacceptable or impractical. In many ways, legal separation is the same as divorce, with one notable exception: Legally separated couples are prohibited from marrying other partners.
Although Florida does not grant legal separation status, Florida courts must enforce terms of legal separations finalized in other states. If you or your separated spouse now reside in Florida, we can help you get relief under the terms of the legal separation judgment from the court in the other state. Furthermore, if you have a legal separation agreement from another state, and now want to divorce in Florida, we may be able to use that agreement effectively as the basis for an uncontested Florida divorce.
Given that legal separation is not possible in Florida, attorneys at the Law Offices of K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. advise clients who would have pursued separation to consider a divorce. Our team serves Clearwater and Palm Harbor clients and can help you and your spouse enter a temporary legal agreement that allows you to live apart during your divorce proceedings. Obviously, decisions to divorce, like decisions to marry, should not be made in haste. However, if your marital problems are serious enough for you to start considering legal action, you would benefit from a consultation with a board-certified marital law attorney.
When marital problems lead you to consider divorce, you need an attorney who knows how to pursue legally enforceable solutions. At the Law Offices of K. Dean Kantaras, you can consult with a board-certified marital and family law attorney in Palm Harbor who can answer your questions and help you plan for the future!
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